Hunt & Roskell; die-engraver; uncertain
‘Abd al-Majid (1823-61); ruler; struck in the name of
London; mint; uncertain
Lester Watson Collection
Turkish Crimean Medal (Sardinian); denomination
Ottoman Empire; subsubseries
British Army; subsubsubseries
contemporary copy; authenticity
The readiness of Great Britain and France, and also Sardinia whose contribution is often forgotten, to aid the Ottoman Empire in the Crimean War, was recognised by Sultan Abdúlmecid with the issue of a medal for all the troops of all nations involved, struck to a slightly different design for each country.
The majority of the medals for British troops were however lost with their ship during carriage to Britain in 1856, and so British troops often obtained themselves copies of the Sardinian or sometimes the French issue instead. This is a fine imitation of the Sardinian issue, with the Sardinian standard given pride of place in the field. It is engraved to Private Arthur Connor of the 48th Regiment. Lester Watson acquired the medal at some point before 1928.
London, mint, place
weight, 26.96, g
diameter, 36.3, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, acquired before 1928
design; obverse; Laurel wreath around Sultan of Ottoman Empire's cipher
design; reverse; Cannon and mortar left and right before four standards of Crimean Allies
Watson Catalogue; 79
Hayward, John (author, C20th). Birch, Diana. Bishop, Richard. 2006. British Battles and Medals 7th edn.London: Spinkp. 275-276
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
Crimea Turkish 1855 (Italian flag front): Pvt. Arthur Connor, 48th Regt.
Object Number: LW.0073
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141284; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2013-02-28)